Thursday, February 22, 2018
Sports

UConn wins at Memphis

MEMPHIS — DeAndre Daniels had 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, Shabazz Napier added 17 points and Connecticut pulled away from No. 17 Memphis for an 83-73 victory Thursday night.

The Huskies (14-3, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) outscored Memphis 8-2 in the final minute to secure their third straight win. Napier had seven points in the final five minutes after the score was tied at 62.

"This was the first one we needed to get," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. "We got our first road kill in the American Conference."

Daniels was 9-of-15 from the field and UConn shot 57 percent, including 61 percent after halftime. Lasan Kromah finished with 13 points, shooting 5-for-5.

Michael Dixon led Memphis (12-4, 3-2) with 16 points.

No. 1 Arizona 91, Ariz. St. 68: Nick Johnson scored 17, Aaron Gordon added 16 and the host Wildcats (18-0, 5-0 Pac-12) extended the best start in school history. The Sun Devils, missing second-leading scorer Jermaine Marshall, had trouble with Arizona's size, shooting 34 percent.

Minn. 63, no. 11 ohio st. 53: Elliot Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds and the host Golden Gophers pulled away from a halftime tie to defeat the Buckeyes (15-3, 2-3 Big Ten). LaQuinton Ross scored 22 for Ohio State, which has lost three straight.

No. 18 L'ville 91, Houston 52: Wayne Blackshear scored a career-high 23 in his first game this season as a reserve for the host Cardinals (15-3, 4-1 American Athletic Conference). Recent foul troubles led coach Rick Pitino to bring Blackshear off the bench, and the junior forward made 5-of-6 3-pointers and 8-of-10 overall. "Coming off the bench just gives me an opportunity to check out the game," said Blackshear, who scored more than in his previous three games combined (18). "I think I looked at where I could pick my spots and it helped me out." Louisville hit 15-of-28 3-pointers, its most since 17 against Morgan State on Dec. 27, 2010. The Cougars suffered their most lopsided loss since 110-63 at No. 12 Washington on Dec. 24, 2004.

No. 25 UCLA 69, No. 21 Colo. 56: Norman Powell matched his season high with 19 points and the Bruins (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12) handed the Buffaloes (14-4, 3-2) their first home loss.

Stetson 64, E. Tennessee 58: Willie Green scored 15 for the host Hatters (3-14, 1-4 Atlantic Sun). Brian Pegg of Clearwater added 11 for Stetson.

Old Dominion 52, FIU 36: The visiting Monarchs held Florida International (9-9, 1-2 Conference USA) to 14 first-half points.

Fau 78, East Carolina 67: Jackson Trapp scored 23 for host Florida Atlantic (6-11, 2-1 Conference USA).

North carolina: The university stopped the research of a reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of football and basketball players at the school until she receives approval from a review board. The school said it notified Mary Willingham that she can't continue to use data with information that could identify the subjects until she applies to a review board that governs human research.

South Carolina: Leading scorer Tyrone Johnson is out indefinitely with a right foot fracture. The point guard stepped on an official's foot during Wednesday's game.

Women

No. 2 N. Dame 109, Pitt 66: Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd scored 20 apiece for the visiting Fighting Irish (16-0, 4-0 ACC).

No. 3 Duke 90, Virginia 55: Tricia Liston scored 21 and tied her career high with 12 rebounds as the host Blue Devils (17-1, 4-0 ACC) beat the Cavaliers for the 21st straight time.

No. 6 MD. 77, Syracuse 62: Alyssa Thomas had 19 points and 11 rebounds for her 14th double double of the season as the host Terrapins (15-1, 3-0 ACC) won their 13th straight.

No. 25 Texas A&M 67, No. 8 South Carolina 65, OT: Karla Gilbert scored the Aggies' first two baskets of overtime, and Jordan Jones followed with a steal and layup. Texas A&M (14-4, 4-0 SEC) had a big lead early on, but Tiffany Mitchell banked in a 3 in the final seconds of regulation to tie it for the Gamecocks 16-2, 4-1).

No. 9 UNC 78, Clemson 55: Diamond DeShields scored 24 and the host Tar Heels (15-3, 3-1 ACC) took control with a 25-4 first-half run to beat the Tigers for the 20th time in the past 21 games.

No. 12 Tenn. 67, Miss. St. 63: Ariel Massengale and Bashaara Graves both scored 13 as the visiting Vols (14-3, 3-2 SEC) improved to 35-0 in the series.

No. 14 LSU 87, Missouri 68: Jeanne Kennedy scored 30 for the visiting Tigers (14-3, 3-1 SEC).

No. 16 Penn St. 66, Ohio St. 42: Maggie Lucas scored 18 and Ariel Edwards had 13 for the host Nittany Lions (12-4, 3-1 Big Ten).

No. 18 Neb. 88, Minn. 85, OT: Rachel Theriot scored a career-high 33 and had nine assists for the host Cornhuskers (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten).

No. 20 N.C. St. 80, No. 17 FSU 57: Markeisha Gatling was 8-for-8 for 20 points and the Wolfpack (16-2, 3-1 ACC) took the lead for good early. Natasha Howard had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Ivey Slaughter added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Seminoles (14-3, 2-2).

No. 24 Vandy 80, Ole Miss 74: Christina Foggie scored 28 for the visiting Commodores (15-3, 4-1 SEC).

Comments
U-S-A! U-S-A! Women’s hockey beats Canada for Olympic gold

U-S-A! U-S-A! Women’s hockey beats Canada for Olympic gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Americans' gold medal drought in women's hockey is finally over. They needed the first shootout in an Olympic women's final to do it, too.Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored a dazzling, triple-deke goal in the sixth ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Girls basketball region finals preview

Girls basketball region finals preview

All games at 7 p.m. FridayClass 8ANaples Gulf Coast (25-2) at Tampa Bay Tech (25-3): The Titans are coming off a 62-44 win over Countryside. They are clearly playing some good basketball at the right time. Junior Jalyn Spurlin scored 12 poi...
Updated: 4 hours ago
What if the Rays actually have a good plan?

What if the Rays actually have a good plan?

PORT CHARLOTTE — Going against popular opinion, here's an odd thought to ponder:What if the Rays actually know what they're doing?The deal agreed to Wednesday afternoon with veteran outfielder Carlos Gomez — one year for a hefty-for-them ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
New D-line coach Brentson Buckner wants to make Bucs pass rush great again

New D-line coach Brentson Buckner wants to make Bucs pass rush great again

This isn't the first time Brentson Buckner has wanted to get closer to the Bucs defensive line.As a defensive tackle for the Panthers, Buckner's team went 7-9 in 2002, the inaugural season for the NFC South.Tampa Bay won the division that year, and w...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Hey Rays, this is no way to build a ballpark

Hey Rays, this is no way to build a ballpark

PORT CHARLOTTE — It was another morning after at Charlotte Sports Park and Rays Bargain Clearance Barn.  This time it's Steven Souza Jr., man of a thousand faces. He gone.What else is new at the incredible shrinking baseball team?It's spri...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Dick Vitale to Rays owner Stu Sternberg: Sell the team

Dick Vitale to Rays owner Stu Sternberg: Sell the team

PORT CHARLOTTE – Dick Vitale, the Rays' most visible and, as of late, vocal fan, took to Twitter and the 620-AM airwaves Wednesday morning and later in the day in a phone call to the Tampa Bay Times to blast his local baseball team.Vitale, ESPN...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Winter Olympics: Thursday’s viewing guide

Winter Olympics: Thursday’s viewing guide

TV today6:05 a.m.-5 a.m. Friday NBCSNCurling (M) — Semifinal, United States vs. Canada (LIVE)Short-track speed skating — Finals, men's 500m, women's 1,000m, men's 5,000m relayBiathlon (W) — 4x6k relay finalCurling (M) — Semifi...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Ryan Callahan regaining his confidence for Lightning

Ryan Callahan regaining his confidence for Lightning

When the Lightning put wing Ryan Callahan back on the power play a month ago, there were many reasons for the move.With Ondrej Palat suffering a lower-body injury Jan. 20, Tampa Bay needed a replacement who was fearless in front of the net and a rele...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Thursday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingFeatherweights: Diaz vs. Terrazas11:30 p.m.ESPN2College basketballWomen: Maryland at Michigan6 p.m.Big TenWomen: LSU at South Carolina6:30 p.m.SECConnecticut at Cincinnati7 p.m.ESPNWisconsin at Northwestern7 p.m.ESPN2Winthrop at NC-Ashevil...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Winter Olympics: U.S. women end speed-skating medal drought

Winter Olympics: U.S. women end speed-skating medal drought

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Mia Manganello crossed the finish line, glanced at the video board and yelled. She then grabbed hands with American teammates Heather Bergsma and Brittany Bowe, and the trio thrust their arms in the air. The Americans had re...
Updated: 6 hours ago